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Old 11-06-2009, 01:06 AM   #1
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How to disconnect OnStar?

So, how can I disconnect OnStar's ability to listen in, in my Camaro? I don't need to disconnect the whole thing; just (or at least) their ability to listen to speaking inside the car.

OnStar's ability to listen in is a problem for anyone who has had their identity stolen. Someone tried to steal mine, once. I stopped it.

I don't need to talk on the car's phone and have my own phone number; I talk on my iphone at will through the car's blue-tooth. OnStar can listen in at will.

I need to talk to lawyers. I don't know if it's private or not if I'm in that car. So I can't do it.

I need to discuss private medical concerns in the car, say, with doctors on the phone (for my charge or myself), and I don't know if I have privacy. It matters to me; it matters to others.

I need to give my, or my husband's, credit card numbers to others. I don't know if it's being heard or recorded. It's like listing my credit card on the internet with unsecure sights. Everyone says no one involved will do anything wrong, but how do you think things wrong happen? When people don't follow the rules.

And there are some other people who call me who, themselves, want privacy, and as a former social worker, I respect that. I would have to tell them I can't assure privacy while I'm in the car, and that'd stop the call.

I would like to know how to disable their ability to listen to me/us inside the car.

(I sure am feeling I made a mistake buying this car.)
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:11 AM   #2
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Well I hope you are ready for the responses you are about to get. And worst case scenario...just take the microphone out...but then what happens when you crash and cant talk to them, cell phone lost in crash etc etc...imo you are over reacting.
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:23 AM   #3
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Oh my my ok first of all don't say you made a mistake about the camaro because it has Onstar. This is the 21st century and it is there for your convience, not to steal your freakin identity. If you're this paranoid maybe you should be more worried about some dumbass keying your car or perhaps running a redlight and hitting you. Chill out and stop sweating it and driving yourself crazy
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:26 AM   #4
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Please search for "tin-foil hat", and the other 30 posts on this subject where people are so paranoid they want to disconnect OnStar.

Please do everyone else a favor and take advantage of the 60-day return policy.

While you're returning the car, be sure to remove the battery from your phone, because you do know that the FBI can activate your speaker remotely.

I hope you paid for the car in cash as well, because the FTC is tracking your credit card's every move.

Oh, and learn how to not create multiple threads on the same idiotic topic.
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:33 AM   #5
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REALLY!? Onstar was a MISTAKE!? How about when your car gets stolen and they shut it down when the police are behind it? Or how about when you lock your keys in and need it opened? Or like Junkie said, your in a crash, you cell went flying, and you cant answer back? etc. etc. If you are that paranoid, should you even be TALKING on a cell phone, because you do know people can EASILY intercept those calls WITHOUT Onstar! Onstar is their as a convenience not to aid in someone stealing your identity. And if it really concerns, you really should stop doing EVERYTHING you do, computer, cell phone, tv, etc. because Big Brother (aka the GOVERNMENT) already listens in on ALL of that! So you should be paranoid someone working for the government is going to steal your identity as well.
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:41 AM   #6
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:42 AM   #7
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Ma'am.. do you ever proofread your posts before you post them for all the internet to see? You DO realize that this is a public site. Your IP address for your computer and by association your identity can be stolen just by posting what you just did in this very thread.

The internet is just as dangerous as your proposed incarnation of the onstar system. If you're so worried about identity and privacy.. why ARE you on the internet?

TO answer your question: No, there is no way to disconnect onstar without voiding your warranty and also damaging key systems in your car. As such with a voided warranty and damaged internal components, you may as well just scrap the car and get all 500 bucks for the scrap plastics, foams and metals you would have turned in.

So please relax, and chill.
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:51 AM   #8
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I dont understand all the sarcastic posts when people ask how to remove onstar, its personal preference, some people change the stereo, some people do engine mods, some people do weight reduction, some people dont want or need onstar


I would love to rip it out of my car as well, I havent used it one time and frankly am not as trusting of it as alot of you guys are, it can be great technology but unless I can see first hand whos hands its in I for one am not interested, ...............
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:52 AM   #9
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is this a site where it's sacreligious to say you don't want OnStar?

It's not paranoid to want privacy. How is a mike in your car different from one in your home? Why would you want that?

I am not an insecure driver who needs to feel OnStar is there to look after me. 30 people around me will have cell phones if a crash occurs.

I don't need them to unlock my doors. I keep a spare key where I can reach it on the outside of the car. And I've never even needed to use that, because am not a STUPID driver who locks herself out.

I am not worried about them having to recover a stolen car -- nor would I want a stolen car back ------ because I am not talking about dsabling such aspects of OnStar.

I just want to be able to talk with people about their private matters in private, as a social worker might, or to give my credit card numbers out, or speak with an attorney about private matters.....

Disabling OnStar's ability to listen in was a condition of sale. I was told it was done; I've learned it was not.

And I didn't purchase the 60-day return policy -- as I trusted the salesman.

I don't think I can return it, though I'd like to, and would if able.
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:57 AM   #10
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But your private matters aren't private ANYWAY. People are ALWAYS listening in. And if you can't deal with having it for the free 6 months, then I guess you all have a problem. No is saying you have to keep it forever. Onstar DOES NOT monitor EVERY SINGLE car that is out there, that's RIDICULOUS to think! If you think ANYTHING you do in your life, especially now after 9/11, is private, YOU ARE MISTAKEN my friends...
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:16 AM   #11
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Is the mike for OnStar same as for the Bluetooth?

I don't want OnStar to be able to listen in. I want to find and disable the mike for their pickup.

But

Is it the same mike that's used for my phone (my private phone) in the car that's used with the car's bluetooth?

And

Where is that mike located? Or those mikes?

Thanks
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:19 AM   #12
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I don't have the 6 months (or a year) free with OnStar. The salesman told me he didn't even tell OnStar my name, didn't connect my OnStar with their service at all.

But then,

He is the same salesman who told me that their ability to listen in was disabled....

I think

(1) This is an example of someone in the system not doing what they're supposed to, breaking their agreement, and

(2) I am soooo gullible for believing him.

I should have never bought this car.

If I can disable their ability to listen in, I may keep it. But I'm ready to just take it back and leave it with them. I can't return it officially, because I don't have the 6 months return policy. I didn't buy it because I trusted the salesman about disabling OnStar's mike pickup. But I can't use it as my roving office.

I am sooooo mad.
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:24 AM   #13
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:30 AM   #14
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Then TAKE IT BACK, if its that much of a concern
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